The Cardinals lost to the Mets 8-3 on Tuesday, despite erasing a 3-0 lead. Jose Reyes hit a two-run homer off Cardinals’ starter Jeff Suppan in the third and Xavier Nady drove in a run in the fourth with a single to give New York a 3-0 lead. Suppan (4-3) was looking for his fifth-straight win.
The Cardinals countered in the fifth with two runs—Hector Luna hit an RBI double and David Eckstein drove in Luna with a sacrifice fly. Gary Bennett’s RBI single in the sixth tied the game 3-3.
But it didn’t take the Mets long to regain the lead from the Cardinals. Paul Lo Duca’s belted an RBI double to give New York a 4-3 edge. As it turned out, they didn’t need any more runs than that, but for safety’s sake, they added four more in the eighth inning for the 8-3 lead. In that inning, Cardinals’ first baseman Albert Pujols suffered a fall that looked nasty when he slipped on an on-deck logo while chasing a pop foul, but he was OK.
Suppan lasted 6.2 innings and was charged with four runs. Tom Glavine (6-2) was the winner in six innings of work.